THE GAME IS AFOOT

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1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 117,978 | Gross: $0.52M

2. Real Men (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A womanizing CIA agent and an insecure insurance agent are paired together to make sure a deal goes through with aliens for the future of mankind.

Director: Dennis Feldman | Stars: Jim Belushi, John Ritter, Barbara Barrie, Bill Morey

Votes: 3,490 | Gross: $0.87M

3. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

Votes: 50,665

4. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.

Stars: Shirô Saitô, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, William Frederick Knight, Richard Epcar

Votes: 16,569

5. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Thriller

66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 106,100 | Gross: $20.28M

6. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

56 Metascore

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 245,594 | Gross: $45.45M

7. I Promised to Pay (1961)

94 min | Crime, Drama

A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Michael Craig, Françoise Prévost, Billie Whitelaw, William Lucas

Votes: 482

8. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

The POstables are on a mission to deliver a soldier's letter from Afghanistan to a teenager who's being relentlessly bullied, while Oliver's estranged father surprises him with news that shakes him to his core.

Director: Kevin Fair | Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 510

9. Switchback (1997)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Director: Jeb Stuart | Stars: Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, Claudia Stedelin, Ian Nelson

Votes: 11,644 | Gross: $6.48M

10. Signed Sealed Delivered (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

A two-hour backdoor pilot of the TV series with the same name that focuses on four postal workers who take it upon themselves to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail.

Director: Scott Smith | Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 1,025

11. Bloodline (III) (2018)

R | 95 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

50 Metascore

Evan values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Director: Henry Jacobson | Stars: Seann William Scott, Mariela Garriga, Dale Dickey, Kevin Carroll

Votes: 1,799

12. Mr. Holmes (2015)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia, as he tries to remember his final case, and a mysterious woman, whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan

Votes: 58,828 | Gross: $17.74M

13. The Long Memory (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Released from prison after twelve years, a wrongfully convicted British man seeks revenge on the witnesses who lied at his trial.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars, Eva Bergh

Votes: 876

14. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

Votes: 318,350 | Gross: $195.04M

15. The Equalizer (2014)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

57 Metascore

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour

Votes: 308,692 | Gross: $101.53M

16. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019 Video)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman, Batgirl and Robin forge an alliance with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to fight against the Turtles' sworn enemy, The Shredder, who has teamed up with Ra's Al Ghul and The League Of Assassins.

Director: Jake Castorena | Stars: Troy Baker, Eric Bauza, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney

Votes: 5,785

17. Arbitrage (2012)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

Director: Nicholas Jarecki | Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth

Votes: 47,467 | Gross: $7.92M

18. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)

TV-MA | 100 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Newport-City 2029: Major, an advanced female cyborg, is in charge of the anti-terrorism etc. unit reporting directly to the government. Taking out terrorists and freeing hostages at an embassy doesn't go smoothly. Major investigates why.

Directors: Kazuchika Kise, Kazuya Nomura | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichirô Matsuda, Ikkyu Juku, Kazuya Nakai

Votes: 3,120 | Gross: $0.10M

19. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

The DLO postals give testimony before a closed Congressional committee regarding an American soldier missing in action and presumed dead whose daughter they met previously. At the same time... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Fair | Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 528

20. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 317,627 | Gross: $88.51M

21. Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

When the beloved quartet of postal detectives- Oliver (Mabius), Shane (Booth), Rita (Lowe) and Norman (Gustafson)-discover an urgent letter written to God, they delay their own travel plans... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Fair | Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 812

22. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 52,798

23. The Third Alibi (1961)

68 min | Drama, Thriller

A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder ... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Laurence Payne, Patricia Dainton, Jane Griffiths, Edward Underdown

Votes: 157

24. Gone Missing (2013)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When two best friends go missing during Spring Break, their mothers do everything they can to find them, while realizing that their different parenting styles may have led to the disappearances.

Director: Tara Miele | Stars: Daphne Zuniga, Lauren Bowles, Brigette Davidovici, Gage Golightly

Votes: 755

25. Eaten Alive (1976)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

A psychotic redneck, who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas, kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 5,967

26. Copycat (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara

Votes: 50,778 | Gross: $32.05M

27. The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

R | 129 min | Drama, Thriller

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 6,783

28. Eraser (1996)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Coburn

Votes: 98,235 | Gross: $101.30M

29. Blind Fury (1989)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Brandon Call, Noble Willingham

Votes: 13,551 | Gross: $2.69M

30. Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | 85 min | Horror

As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell

Votes: 1,980

31. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

53 Metascore

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director: Nicolas Gessner | Stars: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman

Votes: 11,662

32. Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

An Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane, and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 47,049

33. The 6th Day (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

Futuristic action film about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker

Votes: 111,782 | Gross: $34.60M

34. Dr. Crippen (1963)

98 min | Crime, Drama, History

The real-life story of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, who was hanged in London in 1910 for poisoning his wife so he could be with his young lover. But was he truly guilty of murder?

Director: Robert Lynn | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Samantha Eggar, Coral Browne, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 320

35. Messenger of Death (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A Denver reporter investigates the mass murder of a family of Mormons in rural Colorado.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Trish Van Devere, Laurence Luckinbill, Daniel Benzali

Votes: 2,248 | Gross: $3.07M

36. The Saint (2017 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

International master thief, Simon Templar, also known as The Saint, is tasked to find a man's kidnapped daughter. In addition to evading the authorities, Simon must face a dangerous adversary from his past.

Director: Ernie Barbarash | Stars: Adam Rayner, Eliza Dushku, Ian Ogilvy, James Remar

Votes: 4,608

37. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 39,980 | Gross: $7.00M

38. Evasive Action (1998)

R | 91 min | Action, Thriller

When Redwood Federal Penitentiary closes, there are going to be several hundred prisoners looking for a new home. Several of the most dangerous, all killers, will be transported by train to... See full summary »

Director: Jerry P. Jacobs | Stars: Dorian Harewood, Ray Wise, Roy Scheider, DeLane Matthews

Votes: 378

39. Dead Heat (1988)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A cop and his undead partner must chase down the diabolical villain who killed him.

Director: Mark Goldblatt | Stars: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Darren McGavin

Votes: 5,898 | Gross: $3.59M

40. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy

Votes: 99,311 | Gross: $144.11M

41. Girl House (2014)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

A young college student desperate for tuition money moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan determines the house's location, she finds herself in... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Knautz, Trevor Matthews | Stars: Ali Cobrin, Adam DiMarco, Slaine, Alyson Bath

Votes: 7,494

42. Midnight Fear (1991)

89 min | Thriller

A sheriff has to track down a killer who skinned a woman alive before he does it again. Meanwhile, the killer and his unhinged brother take a young woman hostage in her pool house.

Director: Bill Crain | Stars: Craig Wasson, David Carradine, Page Fletcher, Evan Richards

Votes: 102

43. Unhinged (1982)

Unrated | 79 min | Horror

Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

Director: Don Gronquist | Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley, Virginia Settle

Votes: 1,441

44. Carolina Moon (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A woman who has psychic visions returns to her hometown to exorcise her demons, and finds both danger and love.

Director: Stephen Tolkin | Stars: Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson, Chad Willett, Jonathan Scarfe

Votes: 2,140

45. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Mystery

The Postables---Oliver, Shane, Rita, and Norman return to explore the mystery of true love as they deliver divorce papers to one couple the same day Oliver's missing wife reappears.

Director: Kevin Fair | Stars: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 653

46. Code of Honor (2016)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Colonel Robert Sikes is on a mission to rid his city of crime. As a stealthy, one-man assault team, he will take on street gangs, mobsters, and politicians with extreme prejudice until his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winnick | Stars: Steven Seagal, Craig Sheffer, James Russo, Louis Mandylor

Votes: 2,017

47. A Blade in the Dark (1983)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo, Michele Soavi

Votes: 2,690

48. Turbulence (1997)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a flight attendant must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 10,129 | Gross: $11.47M

49. Vendetta for the Saint (1969)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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